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Intrepid siblings outwit a hungry witch in the ominous woods! A perfect first opera for the youngest music lovers, this charming classic features such beloved songs as “Brother, Come and Dance”, and more! This 40-minute production provides families with a fun outing and engaging activities following the performance.





Production Team

Music   Engelbert Humperdinck
Libretto    Adelheid Wette
English Translation    Jonathan Eaton
Director    Jonathan Eaton
Conductor   Joel Goodloe 
Pianist   Agnieszka Sornek 
Costume Design   Elizabeth Rishel
Lighting Design   Layne Preston



Hansel   Lori Carrau
Gretel   Valerie Hosler
Mother/Witch   Jenifer Weber
Father   Jesse Davis


Program Notes

Hansel and Gretel was first conducted in Weimar by Richard Strauss in 1893, followed by its Hamburg premiere on 25 September 1894, conducted by Gustav Mahler.

Its first performance outside Germany was in Basel, Switzerland, on 16 November 1894.

The first performance in England was in London on 26 December 1894, at Daly's Theatre and its first United States performance was on 8 October 1895 in New York.


Meet the Composer

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Engelbert Humperdinck

[01 September 1854–27 September 1921]

Humperdinck's reputation rests chiefly on the opera Hansel und Gretel, which he began work on in Frankfurt in 1890. He first composed four songs to accompany a puppet show his nieces were giving at home. Then, using a libretto by his sister Adelheid Wette rather loosely based on the version of the fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm, he composed a singspiel of 16 songs with piano accompaniment and connecting dialogue. By January 1891 he had begun working on a complete orchestration.

Hansel and Gretel has always been Humperdinck's most popular work. In 1923 the Royal Opera House chose it for their first complete radio opera broadcast. Eight years later, it was the first opera transmitted live from the Metropolitan Opera.